Mothers Day. It used to be such a scramble. Remember? Trying to figure out what to buy for mom that she didn’t already have. Should we do breakfast in bed again? What should we make this time? How on earth can I get this bouquet of flowers in the house without her seeing it? I would sometimes get up really early with my little brother, and we would sneak out to the garage where her present was hiding and bring it in. And then we would make breakfast for her, and wait until dad came out and told us we could come up now. Those are wonderful memories. Memories of a day specifically dedicated to the appreciation of moms. Why do we need a day to appreciate moms? Well, I am sure you know this, but without moms, the world would literally fall apart. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without moms. The Lord has specifically called and equipped these women to raise the next great leaders of our country, and all of the less glorious tasks along the way. Moms are the glue that hold the household together. They know how to do everything, fix anything, teach you anything, and they do it while working on something else, because they can also multi-task like crazy people. Moms are wired to be different, to be caregivers, comforters, fabulous chefs, therapists, boo boo fixers, warriors. Sure, every mom is different. Maybe your mom isn’t as good at something as so-and-so’s mom. But I do know something she is good at. She is good at loving you. She loves you more than you could ever possibly know or even begin to understand. She wants the absolute best for you. She has been fighting for you in her own way ever since you were a little sea monkey inside her tummy. She had to change her entire lifestyle in order to accommodate you. And you know what? Even if it was hard, painful, uncomfortable, she was happy to do it because she loves you.
And so this year, Mother’s Day rolls around and I don’t have a mom to hug or buy flowers for, or even to call. But that is ok, because God knows what he is doing. Will you do something for me though? Even if you aren’t on good terms with your mom, if she is still around, will you do something nice for her? It could be anything. You know what she loves the most. And if you are celebrating Mother’s Day without a mom, talk about her and celebrate her like I do every day. But also maybe take the time to thank a woman who has impacted you since your mom stopped being in your life.
I want to say to all of you out there—you know who you are—all of you moms that have stepped in to help my family through such a difficult loss, thank you. To the ones who cleaned, cooked, spent time and effort, talked, prayed, anything. All of you are so precious, and there are way too many of you to name. You helped hold our world together when the glue was torn out. You helped even though you have your own families to take care of. Because you are warriors, the best and bravest kind. Just like her. I cannot thank you enough dear friends and sisters in Christ.
Here’s a shout out to all moms, ok? You have the hardest job in the world, and you rock at it. Just take it one day at a time, and love every moment. Thank you for what you do in this world, and the tiny humans that you are raising to change our world. It’s absolutely incredible. And if you are not a mom, you are still amazing, and part of that amazing came from your mom. So thank her for me, cause I am honored to be in your life as well, and so blessed by you all. Thank you all so much. The Lord put you in the right place at the right time, and equipped you with the right tools to make a difference in this world. But, correct me if I am wrong, ok?
You wouldn’t be who you are or where you are if it wasn’t for your mom.